NAIROBI, Kenya, November 2 – Former Devolution Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti was on Wednesday grilled by the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) over the Sh791 National Youth Service (NYS) saga where he stated that he did not promote former Senior Director General Adan Harakhe contrary to reports.
Mangiti indicated that Harakhe was specifically head hunted by the then Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru who directed him to sign Harakhe’s deployment letter.
The former PS further explained that Waiguru told him she had spoken to the Public Service Committee (PSC) over the appointment but when contacted, the body requested that the post be advertised.
“We should not confuse the term Accounting officer and Authorised officer. By May 2015, the delegatory responsibilities with regard to personnel had been given to Cabinet Secretaries so that letter I signed in practical sense was on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary. So when I received this drafted letter with the memo, it was quite clear on whose behalf I was acting on,” he stated.
Mangiti further stated that NYS just like the entire ministry, suffered from sabotage emanating from the leadership style. “The authorized officer was the Cabinet Secretary. I signed the letter in legitimate compliance with instructions from my boss.”
Yesterday, the PAC resorted to the Bible in their quest to uncover how one Josephine Kabura’s twenty companies single-handedly won the National Youth Service tenders.
The MPs led by their Chairman Nicholas Gumbo quoted Bible verses to encourage her shed light on the allegations that were now facing her.
MPs Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren) and Joel Onyancha (Bomachoge) had earlier quoted two separate Verses from the Books of Matthew and Proverbs, in a bid to convince Kabura to see no value for dirty money.
In order to emphasis on the importance of telling the truth, Onyancha read Proverbs 19:9 which states: “No one who tells lies in court can escape punishment; he is doomed.”
The MPs decision to revert to the Holy Scriptures capped the sitting in which Kabura who was accompanied by her advocate Franklin Omino successfully frustrated the legislators by choosing to give inconclusive responses to the queries.
Kabura was on more than four incidents cautioned against making false statements while giving testimony under oath before the Committee.